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  • Live Traffic (Finally) Comes to Navigon GPS

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    Big news tonight for those of us who have long bemoaned the lack of live traffic updates on our GPS mobile apps.

    Our friends at CNET have been all over this breaking announcement:

    Navigon AG, the developer of the Navigon MobileNavigator app, announced Wednesday that live traffic capability, called Traffic Live, for its GPS phone application is coming soon. This feature will be available in October for the North American version of the application.
    It's almost as though the holiday season has come early. Indeed, the new Traffic Live feature - which offers real-time traffic updates for the GPS app - is like a present we've been waiting an eternity for. With this latest update, MobileNavigator's journey (pun intended) has come full circle.

    From the initial bare bones app, which didn't offer the ability to access points of interest from inside the app or the now much-loved text-to-speech component, the polished app is arguably now the most practical, well-versed, and functional GPS app for any mobile device.
    However, there's a catch. As expected, this upcoming update will not be free, rather it will cost another $25 via an in-app purchase, on top of the current $90 price tag for the app itself.
    That one time fee, however, will be worth it. Navigon says the update is made possible from live traffic information provided by the ultimate source for traffic news - people who are either stuck in it or avoiding it altogether. Real-time data and information from more than one million drivers across North America will be the service's heart and soul.

    When the new feature is available, the Navigon GPS app will automatically include the traffic information when calculating a route, and provide onscreen alerts indicating new incidents and congestion along the current route.
    This huge improvement will likely prompt competing navigation apps to either step up their game right away or get out of the way altogether.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Live Traffic (Finally) Comes to Navigon GPS started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. UFCFAN28's Avatar
      UFCFAN28 -
      Hello all... i just tried installing the navigon app on my jailbroken phone and i did what they asked and just installed the app i needed(ontario) and tried installing on my iphone, it was all going well until it was almost done and an error came up saying it couldnt be installed on my phone... anyone else have this problem? could possibly tell me what i gotta do to make it work? thanks
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Just installed the map that you needed? What do you mean?
    1. UFCFAN28's Avatar
      UFCFAN28 -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      Just installed the map that you needed? What do you mean?
      In the readme.txt, they tell you that you can just choose the one state or province in my case that i want the maps from, so i just downloaded the ontario map, when i tried installing and syncing it to my jailbroken iphone it comes up with a "cannot install app" with errors... Im not sure if there is something wrong with the app or if im doing something wrong.

      actually it might not even be the app cause i tried installing another app to my phone and it came up with this error "the application was not installed on the iphone because an unknown error occured (oxe8808001)

      Could it have something to do with my itunes? cause im running on a 8.2 version or cause im running on a jailbroken 3.1 firmware?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      What's wrong is the fact that you stole an $80 product.
      We do not support cracked apps here or on any respectable iPhone forum/blog.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I still think they should change that error message to read 'Don't use cracked apps!'
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      I'd laugh so hard.
      Try submitting it to the apple suggestion website!
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      I can confirm that legitimately purchased Navigon installs & works wonderfully on my jailbroken 3G
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Navigon works like a champ, no worries.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      nice, but expensive.
    1. Tagg's Avatar
      Tagg -
      How come my navigon doesnt get a GPS signal on my iphone 2g? I have EDGE.....I'm so disapointed
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Could be because the 2G doesn't have GPS?
    1. teme's Avatar
      teme -
      this is great news indeed
      gotta get it
    1. rkisling's Avatar
      rkisling -
      Any idea when traffic will release... Supposed to be in October ... I guess that leaves two more days ?
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      Sweet, I guess it will be released later today or tomorrow, then. Because there's no way Navigon would pull the same idiocy that TomTom did, ironically commiting the very mistake that played a part in making them the most popular iPhone nav device, right? Right?!?!?